September 26th, 2018
Turkey protestors #Occupy New York Times after $100,000 crowdfunding campaign
A full-page advertisement supporting Turkey's anti-government protestors has been published in Friday's edition of the New York Times, following a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Organized by Murat Aktihanoglu, Oltac Unsal, and Duygu Atacan, the campaign went live on June 3rd and reached its funding goal of $53,800 in under 24 hours. At the time of this writing, the page has amassed more than $100,000 from approximately 2,500 donors. According to Forbes, that makes it the fastest political fundraising campaign in Indiegogo's history.
The advertisement appears in today's front section of the Times, under a title that reads, "What's Happening in Turkey?" Its final text and tear gas graphics were drafted and approved by donors and supporters, following an online vote. The campaign's organizers have also taken to Reddit in search of suggestion on how to spend their surplus funds.
"Watching the events unfold in Turkey really made us think we have to do something," Aktihanoglu told CNN this week. "We are regular citizens. We are not activists. We are not politicians. So we thought the best thing we could do is try to increase global visibility and attention on the situation in Turkey."
"We stand united because of our concern for Turkey’s future."